Deanna M.R. Yarboro, 80, of Hermitage, passed away Jan. 29, 2018, surrounded by the love of her family.
Deanna was born Feb. 9, 1937, in Redstar, W.Va., to Elizabeth and William Rose. She graduated from West Virginia State College, now West Virginia State University, with a bachelor's degree in sociology and psychology and a Master of Social Work from West Virginia University, Morgantown.
A case worker with Family and Friend's Children Services (Nashville, Tenn.), she was the first black social worker to have an integrated case within the agency. She also worked for the Department of Welfare in Beckley, W.Va.; Trumbull County Child Welfare Services; and Northeast Ohio Adoption Services in Warren, Ohio. Deanna served as mentor counselor at Thiel College; and was a counselor/education specialist with Penn State Talent Search Program (Farrell Area School District). She also was a youth program consultant to the Shenango Valley Urban League (SVUL).
Deanna was appointed by Governors Dick Thornburgh and Bob Casey to the Trial Court Nominating Commission of Mercer County and to fill a vacancy within the commission, respectively; appointed a member of the Community Services Block Grant Task Force in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by the head of Department of Community Affairs; appointed to the USDA National Advisory Council on Maternal, Infant and Fetal Nutrition; and was a charter member of the "Pennsylvania Initiative Regarding Teenage Pregnancy" under the director of the National Institute of Teen Pregnancy for the U.S. government.
Deanna volunteered with Mercer County Children and Youth Services, Mercer County Adult Literacy Council, Mercer County Crippled Children's Society, United Way of Mercer County, Hermitage School District Citizen's Advisory Council, Shenango Valley Capital and Charitable Improvement Association, Family Guidance Clinic (now Community Counseling Center), Mercer County Drug Council, the Auxiliary to the Mercer County Medical Society, Christian Associates of the Shenango Valley, and Church Women United.
Deanna was a charter member of the SVUL Guild, The Auxiliary (Yokettes) of the Mercer County Frontiers Club, and Mercer County Drug Council. She also served as a board member to Mercer County Blind Association, SVUL, Children's Aid Society, Mercer County Mental Health/Mental Retardation and the YMCA.
Deanna was a Buhl Day Honoree and award recipient of Outstanding Service to the Mercer County Drug Council Award, External Community Service Award from the Mercer County Frontiers, Appreciation Award from the SVUL Guild and "Showers of Blessings Radio Ministry," Volunteer Service Award from the SVUL and "Legendary Woman of the Shenango Valley," presented by Valley Baptist Church, Farrell.
An avid golfer and participant in the Tamie Ladies' Golf League at Tam O' Shanter, she also participated in the First Tee program when it was founded in the Shenango Valley.
Deanna was a member of Ruth A.M.E. Zion Church, where she held many roles including the Trustee Board. She also was a member and former president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Youngstown chapter, and a Heritage Life Member of the NAACP, also serving as president of the Mercer County Unit.
Married to Dr. Theodore Yarboro for more than 57 years, she is survived by son, Dr. Theodore Jr. (Karen) of Sandersville, Ga.; daughters, Deanna "Dee-Dee" of Hermitage and Theresa of Clarksburg, W.Va.; eight grandchildren; Lauren, Elliott, Alyssa, Alaina, Sean Yarboro and Chauncey, Charles II, and Chase Brown.
Deanna is also survived by sisters, June (Henry) Ware of Cleveland, Ohio, Rose Hosea of Willowick, Ohio, Sharon (Jerry) Davis of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother, Clifford Sr. (Dorothy) Rose of Columbus, Ohio; brother-in-law, Milton Yarboro of Fayetteville, N.C.; sisters-in-law, Estazzie Rose of Riverside, Calif., and Mabel Yarboro of Fayetteville, N.C.; special aunt, Martha Wickliffe of Columbus, Ohio; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Deanna was preceded in death by her parents, William and Elizabeth Rose; a sister, Billie Ann Willis; and a brother, William Harry Rose.
Deanna M.R., 80, of Hermitage.
Calling hours: 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday (2-4-18) and 9 a.m. until the time of the service Monday (2-5-18) at Ruth A.M.E. Zion Church, 95 W. Connelly Blvd., Sharon, with the AKA Ivy beyond the wall ritual at 4:30 p.m.
Service: Funeral at 10 a.m. Monday at the church, with officiant, the Rev. Marion G. Wheeler Jr., and eulogist, the Rev. Geraldine D. Williams.
Interment: Morefield Cemetery, Hermitage.
Arrangements by WILBERT L. SHANNON FUNERAL HOME LTD., 33 Broadway Ave., Wheatland.
Published on January 31, 2018